Wednesday, 25 January 2017

St Dwynwen's Day Romantic Vegetarian and Vegan Menu

Many of my readers will know from reading my blog that Wales has its own Welsh Valentines Day known as Dydd Santes Dwynwens .  This is celebrated today - the 25th January.  

St Dwynwen is The Welsh Saint of Love and Lovers. For those of you who want to know more please follow this link that I wrote a few years back about Our very own Patron Saint of Love.

Also you may want to Visit Wales have written a bit more about St Dwynwen's Day and they also have a lovely St Dwynwen's Day card for you to print and give to your loved one/s.

We are so proud in Wales that we have a woman who is the Patron Saint of Love.  Her name Dwynwen translates to 'she who leads a blessed life' and her most well known saying is 'nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness'.  So if you want to show your loved one a little affection and celebrate St Dwynwen's Day with us today, I have collected some of the best vegan and vegetarian Welsh inspired recipes from my blog and have listed them here if you wish to create a Romantic St Dwynwen Vegan or Vegetarian meal in your own home.

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Haput!

Welsh Woman's Vegan Laverbread Caviar serve these with Cashew Cream Cheese and crackers or if you don't fancy crackers then perhaps a little on some Crempog Las .  

Laverbread is a traditional Welsh delicacy that is often just spread on toast. It also known as 'Seaweed Bread' though it is not a bread at all.  The best way to describe it is seaweed pate,
which does not appeal to everyone so to coax you, I will pretentiously call this 'Mermaids Pearls', but I think today calling it 'Welsh Gentlewoman's Vegan Laverbread Caviar' is more appropriate.
Here is the Cashew Cream Cheese I mentioned above.
Welsh Leek and Potato Soup with Chilli aka Welsh Dragon Soup remains one of my firm favourites.  I love the giant Red Dragon Chilli Shortbread served with it.
Welsh Glamorgan Scotch Egg or if you want to go fusion, make a Pakora Scotch Welsh Egg.
Makes 12
150 - 200g Gram flour
Salt to taste
Pinch of red chilli flakes
Around 250ml Welsh Beer (recommend Tiny Brewery if you can get it) Drink the rest

110g Caerphilly cheese, cheddar will also work well, cut into small cubes
1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs
150g fresh white or wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 leek, finely sliced or minced
1 – 2 fresh green chilli, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne or chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 large egg, beaten
Salt to taste

Oil to deep or shallow fry
First make the batter: Add salt and chilli flakes to the gram flour, then add enough beer until you achieve a good dipping consistency. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
In the meantime: make the pakora bites: 
Place 150g breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl along with the leeks and cheese. 
Then add the herbs, cumin seeds, minced chilli, spices and seasoning of salt. 
Now add the egg and stir to bind together.  
Then divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and then using your hands roll each piece into the shape of a golf ball, squeezing gently to hold it together.
Now dip in batter and c
oat the balls evenly.
Too cook the pakora bites
Shallow or deep fry for about 6 minutes till all sides are crisp and golden. 
These can be made in advance, and reheated in the oven 

Not the prettiest, but these deep fried Welsh Leek and Caerphilly Cheese Pakoras aka Bhaji's are very tasty

For the romantic St Dwynwens Day Welsh inspired Mains
Welsh Rarebit Risotto made with leeks and Welsh cheese and served with a Welsh Red Dragon Shortbread

Or you could try and make Welsh Goats Cheese Gnocchi with Herbs

If the rain is getting to you and you want something a bit more hearty, then perhaps some Welsh Laverbread Pudding.
And if this Savoury Pudding does not appeal, then maybe Laverbread, Mushroom and Puy Lentil Pies.

Sweet things and desserts
Vegan Welshcakes shaped into hearts if you so wish.  
To make the Welshcake more decadent I like to serve it with a vegan Coconut Creme Brulee.   Or if you must Bara Brith or more Welsh cheese!  

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  1. Wow loving these dishes, feeling so hungry right now x

  2. Honest Mum - Thank you so much for being so kind to comment on this Welsh blog post. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I can't believe that the Welsh has this day too - what is it about this time - Burns Night, Australia Day, India Day. I just can't keep up with the national celebrations but I would love to indulge in your Welsh menu

    1. Johanna, I know - what a time of year and its on the start of the year too.

  4. Oh so many great recipes! Happy (belated) Dydd Santes Dwynwens. I like that the patron saint is a woman, very cool. I love all of the dragon shaped things especially =) And the crème brûlée looks so good! Do you have one of those mini kitchen torches??
    Your heart shaped ramekins are so cute!

    1. Thank you Kimmy.
      Yes, my husband got me one for Christmas and i need to make more use of it.


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